Online app: Doctor on the go

Oct 06, 2015, 07:47 IST | Hassan M Kamal

If you're looking for a quick consultation on a medical problem, take tests or need to book an appointment with a doctor, download the Top Doctor Online app

  It’s a Sunday afternoon. You’ve wrapped up a leisurely lunch with friends. You settle down to watch TV, and all of a sudden, you experience a burning pain in your chest. The obvious thing to do would be to visit a doctor immediately. However, what if a quick home remedy could solve the problem or at least reduce the pain? In one such situation, we logged on to Top Doctor Online, a new app that offers live consultation with doctors and other medical professionals, on your smart phone.

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Screen grab of the application
Screen grab of the application

After a live chat with an expert from the Top Doctor team, it turned out that the burning sensation may have been because of spicy food. We found relief with one dose of Pudin Hara, as suggested by the expert.

We also discovered that our smoking habit could have aggravated the problem. Perhaps, that’s why this discomfort had become a frequent occurrence. We were advised to change our diet and consume more fluids, and seek consultation if the problem aggravated. This was a free service, however, users can also avail of consultations from top professionals after a payment.

There’s more to the app. Top Doctor Online allows you to book appointments for scans and diagnostics, tests and profiles, as well as seek treatment and opinions from reputed doctors in the city. Simply select a service from the list and fill in the form to receive a call back for the selected test/treatment. We didn’t like that several services offered in the app, especially the treatments, consultations and scans, do not mention the price. Besides, there’s no clarity on the availability of doctors.

Despite these hitches, we love that Top Doctor Online offers free live chat sessions with their team of doctors. It could be a handy tool to provide first aid, especially for minor niggles and in situations where it’s difficult to reach a medical professional. The app is available as a free download on Android phones.

Screen grab of the application

NOTE: Your health is crucial. We don’t recommend using the services of any app/service without background checks. Readers are advised to use their discretion before following treatments or solutions followed by Top Doctor Online or similar services. mid-day takes no responsibility for the same.

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